With his latest addition during the spring signing period, head coach Steve Cleveland has elevated the Bulldogs' backcourt by inking Tyler Johnson to a National Letter of Intent to attend school and play basketball for Fresno State in the upcoming 2010-11 season.
"Tyler is a combo guard that has the ability to attack off the dribble and shoot the midrange jumper," Cleveland said of the San Francisco Bay Area native.
Johnson, a 6-1 combo guard from St. Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif., the same high school that Fresno State assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Senque Carey attended, led the Lancers to the 2010 CIF state championship game. He averaged 13.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, two assists and two steals per game during his senior season and converted 70 percent of his free throw attempts.
With the ability to play throughout the backcourt, Johnson sports a 35-inch vertical, smooth 3-point stroke and draws on his passionate explosiveness in transition and halfcourt sets.
"Tyler has a great feel for the game and as he develops, his strength will make him a very explosive offensive player," Cleveland said. "He is also a solid defender with great anticipation skills."
He was named a 2010 Player of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle Peninsula (Regional), Western Catholic Athletic League (WCAL), Palo Alto Daily News, San Jose Mercury News and Central Coast Section. Johnson also received recognition as the ESPN RISE CalHiSports.com State Athlete of the Week on Jan. 31, 2010. In his junior campaign, he averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and two assists per game while stroking 40 percent from beyond the 3-point arc en route to first-team WCAL honors.
Last season, Fresno State added Jerry Brown III, the 2009 WCAL Player of the Year, and he contributed immediately in his freshman Bulldog season.
Johnson is the most recent member of a deep 2010-11 recruiting class. Cleveland has already signed freshmen Bracken Funk, Kevin Olekaibe and John Ryan and expects to continue to fill the rest of his roster for the 2010-11 season during the remainder of the spring signing period that runs until mid-May.